Our Board

Our Board

The Community Foundation for Ireland is governed by a Board of Trustees comprising experienced, respected and esteemed leaders in the community, corporate and philanthropic sectors. Our Patron is President Michael D Higgins.

Mike Gaffney-Chairperson
Mike Gaffney-Chairperson

Mike is a Chartered Accountant and works with KPMG. He specialises in dealing with privately owned companies and in particular property transactions. He has written and lectured extensively on these subjects over many years. Mike is also a Fellow of the Irish Tax Institute. Mike was appointed to The Community Foundation for Ireland board in February 2012. Mike has been chair of The Community Foundation for Ireland board since 2016.

Anna Lee
Anna Lee

Anna Lee has considerable experience of the local/community development sector with a particular focus on the development of anti-poverty / social inclusion strategies.  She has been centrally involved in the design and implementation of integrated actions at local and regional level and was CEO of South Dublin County (formerly Tallaght / Dodder Valley) from 1991 until July 2014. Anna has contributed to policy development at national, regional and county level. She currently chairs Volunteer Ireland and the South Dublin County Local Community Development Committee. She is a Board member of the Community Foundation for Ireland, Focus Ireland and Tallaght Hospital.

Brian Geoghegan
Brian Geoghegan

Brian was a Director of Leaseplan Ireland and MKC Communications. He was also a member of the National Economic & Social Council and sits on the Advisory Council of the Policy Institute of Trinity College, Dublin. Brian joined The Community Foundation for Ireland board in February 2001.

Dr Brian Keogh
Dr Brian Keogh

Brian is a physician and Past President/Treasurer of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is also a Former Chairman of the Institute of Public Health-North/South, an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Physicians and author of over 100 scientific publications. Brian was appointed to The Community Foundation for Ireland board in October 2008.

Eamonn Heffernan
Eamonn Heffernan

Eamonn was previously a Non-Executive Director of Irish Life & Permanent. An actuary, he was formerly a partner with Mercer Human Resource Consulting. He is a past President of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and is a former Chairman of the Pensions Board and of the Irish Association of Pension Funds. Eamonn was appointed to The Community Foundation for Ireland board in November 2003.

Louis FitzGerald
Louis FitzGerald

A chartered accountant, Louis retired from Airtricity in 2008 which he co-founded in 1997. Louis was appointed to The Community Foundation for Ireland board in February 2009 and served as Chairperson up to 2016.

Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell

Patrick Farrell is Head of AIB’s Retail Bank in Area South. Patrick previously held the positions of Head of AIB Private Banking and many senior roles in Ulster Bank. His education includes INSEAD – Executive Management Programme, UCD Smurfit Business School – MBA and UCD – B.Agr.Sc (Agribusiness and Rural Development). Parick joined The Community Foundation for Ireland board in December 2016.  

Richard George
Richard George

Richard is a chartered accountant and was a partner in KPMG from 1980 until 2004. He became chair of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants for five years from 2005 and he is currently a director of a number of Irish and European companies. He is also a member of the Governing Authority of NUI Maynooth. Richard was appointed to The Community Foundation for Ireland board in March 2012.

Roddy Rowan
Roddy Rowan

Roddy established Genesis in 1995 having spent the earlier part of his career in the advertising industry. He was co-founder of Dimension, Ireland’s first multi-disciplinary marketing communications group, which was acquired by McConnells Advertising in 1994. With more than twenty years’ consultancy experience across all business sectors, Roddy specialises in strategic planning and facilitation. He works with boards and senior management teams to address complex customer, market and organisational issues and enable them to drive out plans that are ambitious, realistic and executable.

Tara Smith
Tara Smith

Tara Smith has worked in the community/voluntary/local development sector for almost 20 years. She is currently CEO of Dublin South City Partnership and was previously the Manager of Rathmines Pembroke Community Partnership for 14 years. Tara has held voluntary board positions in numerous community and voluntary sector organisations, including Dublin 246 Citizens Information Services and Dublin South East MABS. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of Rathmines College and the Community Benefit Oversight Group of the National Children’s Hospital Group. Tara joined the Board in 2017.